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Wednesday – Remembering Mr. T.

After two lovely snow days, we are ready to get back on track with our book reviews.  Even though our school’s Diversity Week is over, we have more literature to explore, discuss, and write about.

Amy Tan‘s Sagwa, The Chinese Siamese Cat was first a book!  Many people just know it as the PBS Kids show, Sagwa, The Chinese Siamese Cat.  This was a story I read to my children when they were about 2 and 4 years old.  We had an old Siamese cat named Mr. T. , so we knew what characters Siamese cats could be!  Sagwa is curious… what ‘child’  isn’t?

Mr. C reading to Mr. T

I think this story can connect with everyone who remembers those times when you just got into a little bit of trouble over something that wasn’t entirely your fault.

Play this tangram game with the characters from the PBS Kids show, Sagwa, The Chinese Siamese Cat.

Sagwa tangram game

Amy Tan, Elizabeth Howard, and Ezra Jack Keats later!

The Asian-American author Amy Tan is one of my favorites to read as an adult.  I own all the books she has written.  It was not hard for me to decide to buy her children’s books when they came out.  We just finished The Moon Lady, which is adapted from her novel, The Joy Luck Club.

It has great illustrations and a storyline that made us think of The Story of Ping (a class favorite).

We also read Aunt  Flossie’s  Hats (and Crab Cakes Later) by African-American author Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard.

Patrick reports: I like the book called Aunt Flossie’s Hats (and Crab Cakes Later).   I like Aunt Flossie’s hats and I like the part when they do a parade.  The dog saved the hat out of the water.  Then they went to the restaurant to get crab cakes.  I like crab cakes.

We also read Ezra Jack Keats’ Apt. 3.  Only eight more books in the “We must read these!” Diversity basket.  There is not enough time to gather and read-aloud all the great books.

We investigated things that had motion on the playground.   We were looking for circular, curved, straight, or back and forth motions.  The wordle shows what we found and reported.

Wonderful Ones on Wednesday!

Today we have two student reporters sharing their Diversity Rocks! picks.  Abby chose The Empress and the Silkworm, by Lily Toy Hong.  It is a Chinese folktale about how the silkworm was discovered.  Belle chose the Native American tale called Star Boy.

Abby writes: I like the pictures and I like when the lades took tea and took the cocoons and dipped them in.  I really liked the silk robe the ladies made.

Belle reports: I like it because it was pretty.  It had a little girl and she went up to the sky with the sun and the moon.

We are working on our voice thread about famous Americans.  We should be finished tomorrow, so come back and hear what we have to say about these great people!

Here is a Lookybook by another Native American author.  Enjoy the wonderful words and pictures.

Happy Chinese New Year!

It’s Chinese New Year!  We looked at sparklers, a Chinese dragon tissue box, little wooden dolls, Chinese paper cut-outs, incense, and chop sticks.  We found out that most of us were born in the year of the horse or the year of the snake.  Heather was the only one that was born in the year of the dragon.

For our Diversity Rocks! Challenge, We wanted to read some books by Asian American authors, so we read Crow Boy by Taro Yashima. We also read Lion Dancer by Kate Waters and Madeline Slovenz-Low to celebrate Chinese New Year.

Zan reports:  I picked Crow Boy because I thought it would be a good book. I liked the paintings too. There was some Chinese writing in it.